For those unfamiliar with the occasion, Record Store Day Black Friday is similar to its sister celebration in April. There are special albums, singles, CDs, and books that can only found in independent record stores on the busiest shopping day of the year. Click here for a complete list of available releases.
Local stores participating in Record Store Day Black Friday include Stinkweeds, The 'In' Groove, and Zia Records, which are open at 9 a.m., with some stores offering special discounts on their inventory. Be sure to check Record Store Day's website for any other locations and a complete list of releases.
If you're still reeling from Eddie Vedder's performance at Innings Festival in Tempe, then you'll enjoy the first-ever vinyl release of his band Pearl Jam's MTV Unplugged, which features stripped-back versions of songs from their classic album Ten.
Other highlights include an early mixtape from Cardi B getting the vinyl treatment along with Lizzo's Coconut Oil EP. Dave Matthews Band will be putting out a five LP box set of live music. Todd Rundgren will take on Squeeze. Nick Lowe and Wilco are releasing a new take on the hit "Cruel to be Kind." For the cinephiles on your list, there will be vinyl releases from Star Wars composer John Williams and music from Desperado, Matrix Reloaded, and Matrix Revolutions.
If you're looking for a place to "stay" after all the Thanksgiving holiday hullabaloo, head to Zia Records' Tempe location, located at 3201 South Mill Avenue in Tempe. Lisa Loeb will be making an appearance at 1 p.m. to promote the vinyl re-release of her hit "Stay (I Missed You)," made popular by the 1994 film Reality Bites. The first 10 shoppers who pick up the 12-inch single will get a signed test pressing of the record.
If you plan on sleeping in on Friday, stop by The Record Room, located at 2601 West Dunlap Avenue, for another one of their Rock N' Roll Record Swaps. Local artists will be selling collections, gear, and other memorabilia.
Editor's note: This story was originally posted on October 9, 2019. It has been updated to include additional participating stores.